As a slight change to the format of previous years the Donghcloney AGM was held at The Half Way house on Friday 24th October 2014. There was good attendance and the following office bearers were elected
Chairman Keith Ogle
Hon Secretary Kyle Weir
Treasurer Timmy McClure
1st XI Capt Phil Derby
1st XI VC Steven Hanna
2nd XI Capt Keith Martin
2nd XI VC Willie Fisher
3rd XI Capt Jim Warren
3rd XI VC Raymie Matthews
Mid Week Capt Raymie Matthews
Under 11&13 Steven Hanna
Under 15 Jim Warren
We wish all those people the best of luck in their roles next year.
It was noted at the AGM that 2016 is the 125 anniversary of the club and an effort should be made to celebrate the club both on and off the field during that year. Matthew Lyttle suggested that we should form a sub committee whose sole responsibility is to organise celebrations throughout the 2016 season. If anyone from within the community or any past players are interested in volunteering for this sub committee they should contact Keith Ogle or someone within the committee.
The Players dinner will be held in the Downshire Hotel on Friday 14th November. All those wishing to attend should contact Keith Martin ASAP as places need to be confirmed with the staff at the Downshire.
With 2 wins from the last 3 games Donaghcloney 1st XI finish second in the league and gain promotion back up into Section 1. Wins over Drumeness and Victoria secured promotion going into the last week of the season. Academy needed to lose to Victoria and Cloney beat Armagh to be league champions. Unfortunately with a depleted side, Donaghcloney traveled to The Mall where Armagh proved too strong on this the last day of the season. Armagh posted 180 and Donaghcloney managed 99 in reply and it was the bowling of the experienced Davie Bullock who had figures of 5 for 13 that proved the difference in the two sides. The outcome of the match mattered little as Academy ran out easy winners against Victoria and secured the the Section 2 league title. read more…
Saturday saw Donaghcloney travel to Lurgan Park to play Victoria in a league competition for the first time in over 20 years. Donaghcloney and Victoria were both keen to win for very different reasons. Donaghcloney need to keep winning to secure promotion back into Section 1 while Victoria are at the other end of the table in a relegation dogfight with MillPark and Cooke Collegians. Donaghcloney won the toss and chose to bowl. Steven Lecky and David Marshall took the new ball and didn’t take long to strike. After 7 overs Victoria were 6 for 3 and in all sorts of problems before a strong stand between Ashmal (34) and Khan (30). Both players played some expansive shots and started to take the game away from Donaghcloney before Matthew Lyttle took his first of 6 wickets. read more…
In the last 7 days Donaghcloney have won three matches to leave them in second place in the league and fighting for promotion back into Section 1.
Last Saturday they faced BISC who had beaten the Cloney earlier in the season. The Indian side batted first and made 159. The star of the bowling was Steven Hanna who took 6 for 24 and kept the visiting team under 200. In reply Mansing scored 84 and Phil Derby 56 not out to secure a comfortable 8 wicket win.
On Friday league leaders Academy visited the Factory Ground still on a high from their Junior Cup Win. They won the toss and batted scoring 159 in the allotted 38 overs. It was the turn of Matthew Lyttle to take control of the bowling with 5 for 38 in his 8 overs. Twice Matthew was on hat-trick but both times the Academy batsmen survived. Manding lead the charge with the bat leading the way with a magnificent unbeaten 96 to secure a vital win over the league leaders. read more…
Donaghcloney Cricket Club Juniors completed a successful season with the Under 11s taking their division league title – winning an enthralling final against Instonians “B” on Friday night. The Under 13 and 15 teams finished runners up in their leagues. Two players, Ben Wilson and Matthew Daly (pictured) were selected to play representative cricket for the NCU Under 11s and a Northern Ireland team who played against their Southern counterparts. Jobin Joy was also included in the NCU U15 squad.
The Under 11s had a great run in the Quoile cup, beating senior clubs such as Lisburn, CIYMS and Ballymena on the way to the final, before succumbing in the final to Instonians by 7 wickets. In their league section, they were undefeated, with comprehensive wins against Lisburn, Lurgan, Armagh, Laurelvale and Derriaghy. A play-off win against Carrickfergus setup another final against Instonians, playing their “B” team for the league title.